AAO leaders were surprised and saddened upon learning about the sudden death of Dr. Raymond George Sr. of Lincoln, Rhode Island on October 15 at age 79. Dr. George served the specialty in many capacities including his term as president of the AAO (2008-09).
Dr. George received his dental degree from the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and completed the orthodontic residency program at Boston University. He served as a captain in the Army Dental Corps from 1966 to 1968 and became a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics in 1975.
After entering orthodontic practice in East Providence, Rhode Island and South Attleboro, Massachusetts, Dr. George became active in organized dentistry and orthodontics. Joining the AAO Board of Trustees in 1999 as the representative from NESO, he was a member of numerous AAO councils, committees and task forces. His presidency culminated with the 2009 AAO Annual Session in Boston.
In addition, Dr. George was president of the Northeastern Society of Orthodontists (NESO), the Rhode Island Dental Society, the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics, the East Component of the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists and the AAO Foundation. He served on the AAO Insurance Company Board of Directors from 2005-2018.
A guest lecturer at many orthodontic departments, including those at Tufts, Harvard University, Boston University and the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. George also lectured at numerous meetings in the United States, Canada and Mexico on surgical orthodontics, functional appliance therapy and temporomandibular disorders. He co-authored two articles that appeared in the AJO-DO.
The Massachusetts Association of Orthodontists presented the Frederick M. Moynihan Memorial Award to Dr. George for his dedicated service and outstanding contributions to the field of orthodontics.
Dr. George’s funeral took place on October 20 at St. George’s Maronite Catholic Church, 1493 Cranston Street in Cranston, Rhode Island. In lieu of flowers, his family requested memorial contributions to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.